About Us | The Thoreau Society Shop at Walden Pond
Current walk-in hours:
The Shop is open year-round and operates within seasonal park hours.
The Thoreau Society Shop at Walden Pond first opened
for business in May 1995. It was initially positioned in the Walden Pond State
Reservation office building as a collaborative effort between the Society and
the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management.
Previously, Thoreau fans and Concord pilgrims could
visit the Thoreau Lyceum at 156 Belknap Street. The Lyceum had been a popular meeting
place for Thoreauvians since it opened in 1966. Over the years, its staff answered
questions, produced publications, and sold Thoreau-related merchandise.
In 2015-2016, the old blue building was torn down in
order to erect a brand-new Walden Pond Visitor Center. For a year, the Shop
operated out of a trailer on the property. In October 2016, we were able to
move into the new Shop space, right next to the park's exhibit and movie
viewing rooms. Walden Pond State Reservation itself is open year-round, generally
from dawn to dusk. The Shop is open year-round with daily hours that vary by
Shop staff members are knowledgeable about Henry David
Thoreau, his contemporaries, the town of Concord, and the local flora and
fauna. Some of them have written books in their areas of expertise. They are happy to converse with visitors and
travelers on all sorts of subjects.
The Shop carries primarily products related
to Henry D. Thoreau, to Walden Pond, to Concord and its historical authors, to
nature and the environment, to writing and creativity, and to related subjects.
We have books, apparel, artwork, cards, jewelry, souvenirs, gifts, and even
drinks and snacks. Many of the books on our shelves have been signed by the
authors. Many of our gift items and photographs come from local artists and
If The Shop at Walden Pond doesn't carry the book you're looking for, you can visit our page on Bookshop.org. Here you will have access to millions of additional books on a variety of subjects. Your purchase through this portal will still benefit The Thoreau Society.
had more cheering visitors ... Children come a-berrying, railroad men taking a
Sunday morning walk in clean shirts, fishermen and hunters, poets and
philosophers; in short, all honest pilgrims, who came out to the woods for
freedom's sake, and really left the village behind …